- Posted January 23, 2012 by
State College, Pennsylvania
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Remembering Joe Paterno
Who Killed Joe Paterno
At the end of the day, when the fallout settles from Penn State's child sex scandal, how will Joe Paterno be remembered and who's responsible for his sudden death?
Was it malicious jurors in the court of public opinion that stressed his already compromised immune system and battered him as he was fighting for his life? Was it Penn State's administration who recently fired him, after he announced his retirement at the end of the year as he battled for his life?
Was it his cancer treatment that weakened his bones and his immune system, dealing the final blow when his pelvis shattered after a fall?
Was it Penn State's Assistant Coach Sandusky who ignored Paterno's warnings to stop his alleged illicit actions with boys in the school showers?
Was it the powers that be in State College, PA who allegedly ignored the football coach's report of what he saw and his request for assistance from professionals in this field a decade ago?
Was it the lawsuits that suddenly flooded into his life and tore apart his life's devotion: the family and the school that he loved?
How many more years, in addition to the six decades he's given, would Joe have continued to coach and inspire the teams he loved and that loved him?
And how many more millions of dollars would he have given to the college he loved, helping deserving students?
At the end of the day, when our lives are over, how do we want to be remembered, and what will ultimately be responsible for our demise?